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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.41CET
Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.41CET

Russia team profile

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers.

Best result: winners 1960 (as Soviet Union)
Coach: Fabio Capello
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Oleh Blokhin (42 for Soviet Union); current – Aleksandr Kerzhakov (24)
Most appearances: all-time – Viktor Onopko (113 including 4 for Commonwealth of Independent States); current – Sergei Ignashevich (93)
Association formed: 1912
Nickname: None
Where they play: Various

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers for the four-yearly continental gathering, but only once have they made it through the group stage. That was in 2008, when Dutchman Guus Hiddink's attractive side reached the semi-finals. In post-Soviet days they qualified for the FIFA World Cups of 1994 and 2002, and again for Brazil 2014.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P140 W79 D33 L28 F250 A120
Final tournament: P30 W12 D6 L12 F36 A39
Qualifying: P110 W67 D27 L16 F214 A81

As part of the Soviet Union, Russia helped win the inaugural competition in 1960. A side containing FC Dinamo Moskva goalkeeper Lev Yashin and FC Spartak Moskva's Igor Netto beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final; striker Viktor Ponedelnik scored the extra-time winner. The USSR were runners-up to Spain in 1964, lost the 1972 final to West Germany and suffered more showpiece woe in 1988 as a Ukrainian-accented team went down 2-0 to the Netherlands.

Since playing under the banner of the CIS in 1992, Russia have struggled to repeat past glories. They earned one win in nine finals games in 1992, 1996 and 2004 and failed to qualify in 2000, before a welcome return to form in Austria and Switzerland where they reached the semi-finals. UEFA EURO 2012 brought another group stage exit, despite opening with a 4-1 defeat of the Czech Republic and a 1-1 draw with co-hosts Poland. Needing just another draw, they lost 1-0 to Greece.

Memorable EURO matches
21/06/2008: Netherlands 1-3 Russia (aet), UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals
Andrey Arshavin inspired Hiddink's men to a shock victory over the fancied Oranje.

25/06/1988: Soviet Union 0-2 Netherlands, 1988 UEFA European Championship final
Marco van Basten's wonder goal and Igor Belanov's spot-kick failure proved key.

10/07/1960: Soviet Union 2-1 Yugoslavia (aet), 1960 UEFA European Championship final
Ponedelnik's 113th-minute strike in Paris captured the first EURO title.

Did you know?
Vladimir Beschastnykh is the current all-time top scorer for post-Soviet Russia on 26 goals, two ahead of Aleksandr Kerzhakov at the start of 2014.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 17/02/14 14.48CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/12/2014 23:48 CET
Russia2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) – Stadium: Stadion Lokomotiv, Moscow (RUS)
04/18/2013 21:37:14
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Israel0-4Russia
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
04/18/2013 20:49:50
Russia1-0Portugal
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow (RUS)
04/18/2013 21:37:14
Russia1-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) – Stadium: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow (RUS)
04/18/2013 20:50:05
Portugal1-0Russia
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
07/25/2013 10:54:00
Northern Ireland1-0Russia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
09/11/2013 07:12:36
6 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round
Russia4-1Luxembourg
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) – Stadium: Centralniy Stadion, Kazan (RUS)
09/11/2013 07:12:41
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Russia3-1Israel
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
09/10/2013 17:56:20
Luxembourg0-4Russia
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) – Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/10/2014 18:03:14
Azerbaijan1-1Russia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
11/10/2014 18:06:19
Russia1-1Korea Republic
Referee: Néstor Pittana (ARG) – Stadium: Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba (BRA)
06/18/2014 01:26:18
Belgium1-0Russia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
06/22/2014 18:52:10
Algeria1-1Russia
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (BRA)
06/26/2014 22:53:38
3 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Russia4-0Azerbaijan
Referee: not available
12/22/2014 16:21:29
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia4-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) – Stadium: Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
10/13/2014 19:03:43
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden1-1Russia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
11/18/2014 09:25:15
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia1-1Moldova
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) – Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
10/28/2014 10:28:02
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Russia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/18/2014 09:40:12
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Hungary1-2Russia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
12/22/2014 16:20:19
MontenegroRussia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
11/28/2014 12:49:59
RussiaAustria
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:40
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
RussiaSweden
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:26
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
LiechtensteinRussia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Rheinpark, Vaduz (LIE)
10/08/2014 17:37:09
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
MoldovaRussia
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:51
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
RussiaMontenegro
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:46

General info

  • Founded : 1912
  • Stadium : Stadion Luzhniki
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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